Desert Blush Lemonade | Pink Wings
A few posts ago I talked about some cactus pears that I ordered from Melissa's online produce company. Never had them before so I wasn't sure what to do with them; for some reason the first thing I thought of was making them into a drink. Was originally thinking some sort of mocktail but then Alexandra mentioned having a cactus pear lemonade in New Mexico once, and that just sounded delicious so I had to try it out. Came out yummy and refreshing, and it put me on kind of a lemonade roll now. Thinking of doing a watermelon lemonade next...

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Desert Blush Lemonade
Serves 2-3


  • 1/2 cup cactus pear juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 3 cups sparkling water (or plain water)

Directions:

For the cactus pear juice: use a sharp knife to cut and peel cactus pears; discard the peels. Place fruits in food processor and puree. Use a fine mesh sieve to strain out and discard seeds.

Combine cactus pear juice and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into a clean container. Let cool until just warm, then chill in fridge.

Once the cactus pear syrup is cold, combine 1/2 cup syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling water. Taste and add more syrup or water to taste. Serve over ice.


72 comments

  1. It looks delicious and refreshing! The little milk bottles are the cutest thing. I have to ask, what does cactus pear juice taste like?

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    1. I don't know quite how to describe it. It's a very clean taste, maybe like a pear with less flavor?? The taste did not at all match the vibrant red color!

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  2. This looks so refreshing, thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've never heard of cactus pears! The color is so beautiful and it looks refreshing. Those tiny little bottles are so cute! I just wonder how it tastes!

    xx freshfizzle

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    1. I know, I think I may have seen someone make a soup out of them on a Food Network show once, but that is about it. And the flavor is great because the pears have a very light, clean taste so you get a lot of lemonade flavor with just a hint of sweet pear.

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  4. looks refreshing!!! :D wow!! :D

    Have a great week!
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  5. Oh my goodness this sounds so good and so refreshing! I love lemonade in the summer, and this is such a fun take on the classic!

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  6. Omg, I just want to take these home and display them in my room forever. They are so. adorable. The little mason jars are so cute, ahhh! I want to try this out!

    May x | THE MAYDEN

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  7. I hadn't heard of cactus pears before, but this looks so good! I'll have to try it sometime this summer for sure!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  8. These look delicious! And how cute are those bottles!
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    1. Thanks! And yeah, they were a pretty good investment I think

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  9. This looks way to delicious!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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  10. Lemonade is definitely my go to drink during summer - thanks for this recipe!

    - Deniz
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  11. Yummy!

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  12. Looks so refreshing and delicious! I'm looking forward to making this.

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  13. Okay this is definitely something that I can get down with and make on my own! That sounds SO delish, especially on a sweltering day!!! Yummmm!

    be the plebeian

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  14. Yum!! It looks so good. I love the name you gave it! I have been on such a lemonade kick this summer. XO -Alexandra

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  15. This looks so delicious and refreshing! I'm definitely going to plan on drinking this all summer long!

    Paige
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  16. I love how REAL this is! So many lemonades are artificially sweet and kinda nasty. This one looks unreal.

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    1. yeah I'm not a fan of fake lemonades either. There are just too many fresh, delicious ones in the world!

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  17. Hello,

    Amazing ! :D

    Sarah, http://sarahmodeee.blogspot.fr/

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  18. Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing, what a perfect summer drink!

    xx Kelly
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  19. Wow, this sounds and looks amazing! I've never Heard of a cactus pear before.

    Amy Ann
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    1. Yeah I had only heard of it from Food Network, but it is yummy and so fun to discover new fruits

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  20. I'm loving these recipe post of yours! This looks super tasty!

    Wishes & Reality

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  21. Wow, this look so refreshing, and thanks for sharing recipe.
    xoxo
    Christy

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  22. this sounds so good :) I'll have to try this out :) I love the pics ou take :)

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  23. This looks amazing! Great post :)

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  24. Yum, this looks incredible!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  25. What a light and refreshing drink Gina, you have the best recipes and photography, ever think about doing restaurant reviews too? Anyhow, avid fan here :) xo~ Lena
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    1. Thanks so much Lena! And hmm...I have actually thought about that but I feel like I would be insecure taking photos in a restaurant with people staring, idk lol

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  26. This looks so refreshing! I have yet to taste cactus pear juice but it sounds sweet and tangy. :)

    <3 Trou
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    1. It's not really tangy, it has a pretty clear flavor like normal pears, really good for a lemonade

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  27. Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!

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  28. This looks so delicious! Love :)

    Erica
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  29. This looks so good! :)
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  30. I seriously just made a smoothie and drank it from a mason jar a couple of hours ago. But this looks really delicious too! I love that you added sparkling water to the drink!

    Tina
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    1. Haha aren't they just so much more delicious from mason jars?? Lol

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  31. This drinks looks really tasty and refreshing, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
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  32. if i had a cafe here - this drink would be such a hit! looks so refreshing :)

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  33. This looks amazing! Beautiful pictures too!
    xx

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  34. wow this is very beautiful love the cute panda cool recipes
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